Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 74
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by RenovatorIrving These black out shades don't.
These are supposed to black out shades, but they do not completely close in either direction. When cranking them so that they will deflect the sun (rounded edge out) they do not completely block people from looking in. When cranking them so that they close, (rounded edge in) the sun still filters through and if you lie within 6 feet of the window you have an excellent view of the sky. (see the pictures below) I have never seen a shade so badly designed and then advertised as "black out".
October 13, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by lily good to keep sun out
Great for apartments no nailing or damage to wood. My friend had them and she had them up for a long time. Easy to put up and in summer the black keeps the rooms cooler. I dressed mine up with scarfs.
August 6, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TMCdrums It works, it's affordable and it looks nice...FINALLY!
These have been a life changer! I have been doing shift work for over 12 years and I have never found an affordable, effective, yet visually pleasing and convenient option to darken my room for daytime sleep. I've used roller shades, mini-blinds, curtains, room darkening curtain panels, cardboard, blankets, you name it. I've found that the most effective method to block light (cardboard and blankets) is the most hideous to look at. The more visually pleasing options (blinds, shades) inevitably allow glaring rays of light in that always seem to find my face. The past few years, I’ve let the visually pleasing factor outweigh the effectiveness factor, but I finally got tired of it. So, I went on the search for a solution and came across these shades on several different sites.
These shades are paper and marketed as being “temporary”. They are essentially a really long piece of pleated, thick, black construction paper with a tape strip on the top that is used to affix it to your window frame. There is no roller or pull cord mechanism, as they are simply folded up/down to the desired level and then held in place by two black clips (they are included and are much like chip-clips). You install them by simply measuring your window opening and cutting the shade with a razor-edge blade, such as a box cutter. The shade is pliable enough I just held it up into to the opening, bending the excess portion of the shade outward, and then marked my cut with a white crayon. I used a straight edge to hold my place, and then with several swipes of the blade, they were cut to size. Remove the strip that covers the adhesive and then you’re ready to stick it in place. I attached mine to the metal portion of the inside of the window pane. I removed my blinds, however that wasn’t necessary. These shades would have fit just fine behind them. It took a total of 20 minutes to cut and install 3 shades.
Now, I will say that part of the reason these work so well for me is due to my color schemes. My bedroom is full of gray, purple and black. So the black shades showing act as an accent to all of that. Had it not been, I would have probably left my blinds up, so the shades wouldn’t be visible from the inside. The exterior of my house has gray siding with black shutters, so from the outside it looks like I have black roman shades that go with my exterior colors as well.
With regard to the light blocking ability, I have to say I’m impressed. I have one single window on one wall and a double window on another wall. There isn’t a glimmer of light visible through my single window. There is a slight amount of light getting through in the middle portion of my double window, however I do have curtains and when they’re closed; they seem to trap most of the residual light.
I can’t speak of the longevity of the shade just yet, but I’ll post an update if needed. However, for the job these do and the price (about $6 each), I wouldn’t even mind if I had to reinforce the tape or replace them every once in a while.
See the attached photos for further details. These photos were taken minutes apart, during a sunny St. Louis afternoon around 4pm. I had no lights on in the home and no flash on the camera.
August 2, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by mmh449 Look good and very inexpensive for the look.
The paper shades have to be carefully handled since they tend to wrinkle or crinkle very easily. Must be hung perfectly level.
November 2, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CIndy Great product!
The blinds arrived in great shape. Easy to size and install. Looks great on the windows and have an extra pair to install if something goes wrong with these. Great value!
June 20, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by repeatcustomer Product as Pictured
Great light blocker! I use it in the childrens bedroom, especially during the summer months when going to sleep is not necessarily dark out yet.
August 5, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by mcurran Good product. Great deal. Even greater delivery.
I have used these blackout paper "shades' several times. They last for years when handled properly. I needed new ones to replace worn old ones and found the best price at Home Depot... and FREE home delivery. There were delivered within days. Saved me a long trip to the local store which is not convenient for me.
They went up without issue. It's a handy and easy to use product with great results. I would recommend this product to anyone.
Home Depot scores a hit with the way this ordered was handled and delivered.
August 19, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by NANAbmcc window shade
This is the second time I have ordered these. The first was exactly what I needed so that is why I ordered again.
February 12, 2015